Councillor questions $450,000 rec centre ‘discrepancy’

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY ratepayers will not know the final cost of the shire’s new $14.5 million recreation centre until next month after a $450,000 “overspend” was questioned at last month’s shire council meeting.

Cr Mick McKeown asked where the extra money had come from, why it was needed and questioned other discrepancies in shire accounts, including a failure to submit monthly statements of financial activity to the council for last July and August.

He asked if the shire had breached local government law and for Shire CEO Suzie Haslehurst to reveal the outcome of an internal shire audit conducted last May.

Ms Haslehurst said the audit had not identified any anomalies or unusual payments and further answers would be given at the council’s April 27 meeting.

She told The Herald later that the delays and discrepancies were due to flaws in the shire’s new computerised accounts system.

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